Glossary of Terms

A-STEP: Accredited Sleep Technologist Education Program www.aasmnet.org/astep

American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM): a professional society that is dedicated exclusively to the medical subspecialty of sleep medicine. The AASM sets standards and promotes excellence in health care, education and research.

Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT): The Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) is an independent, non-profit certification board that oversees a program of competency based testing for sleep technicians and technologists.

RPSGT : A registered polysomnographic technologist who has become credentialed by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists.

CPSGT: The CPSGT certificate is intended specifically for individuals new to a career in sleep. It is valid for three years, carries a continuing education requirement, and is positioned as a solid first step to earning the RPSGT credential.

How to Become a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT)

Are you confused by the various pathways to become a registered sleep technologist? If so, read the Sleep Tech Studentfollowing for a clear, concise review of the 3 experience pathways.

Students interested in enrolling in sleep technology courses should check with their respective state medical boards to determine licensing requirements in polysomnography, if applicable.

If you are a newcomer to the medical field, you are eligible for Pathway #4. The requirements to complete this pathway are:

  1. A high school diploma or equivalent is required.

  2. Must attend an 80-hour A-STEP Introductory Course, such as the Essentials of Sleep Technology course offered by The Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine (A-STEP- Part 1). Tuition fee: $3,300.

  3. Beginning March 2013: Minimum of 819 hours of clinical experience (paid or volunteer) that includes direct patient recording and/or scoring.

  4. Must pass the online A-STEP exam from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). The Atlanta School will pay the exam fee for those who attend the Essentials of Sleep Technology course, if the exam is taken within 30 days of the live course completion.

  5. Must complete all 6 sections of the Atlanta School's Online Foundation of Sleep Technology or a BRPT approved equivalent.

  6. After completing these requirements within a 3-year period, you are eligible to apply for the national registry exam from the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) and earn the RPSGT credential. You can take the Online Sleep Tech Exam Prep course to prepare for this test.

If you are a novice sleep technician and are already working in a sleep lab, you are eligible for Pathway #1 which can be reduced to 9-Months by following the steps above.  To complete Pathway #1, you must complete these steps:

  1. Beginning March 2013: Minimum 1,638 hours of clinical experience (paid or volunteer) that includes direct patient recording and/or scoring.

  2. Must complete the 6 pillars of the Atlanta School's Online Foundation of Sleep Technology or a BRPT approved equivalent.

  3. After completing these requirements within a 3-year period, you are eligible to apply for the national registry exam from the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) and earn the RPSGT credential. You can take the Online Sleep Tech Exam Prep course to prepare for this test.

If you are a credentialed healthcare professional with any of the following: RRT, CRT, RN LPN, R.EEG.T, R.EPT, CNIM, PA, Ph.D, MD, DO, DC, EMT-P, DDS, RT, RT®, RT(CT), RT (BD), RT (N), CNMT, CCT, DrPH, RDCS, RCIS, Au.D., AT, you are eligible for pathway #2 to become an RPSGT:

  1. Beginning March 2013: Minimum 546 hours of clinical experience (paid or volunteer) that includes direct patient recording and/or scoring.

  2. After completing these requirements within a 3-year period, you are eligible to apply for the national registry exam from the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) and earn the RPSGT credential. You can take the Online Sleep Tech Prep course to prepare for this test.

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How to Become a Certified Polysomnographic Technologist (CPSGT)

There are 3 pathways of eligibility for the CPSGT certificate.

Pathway 1: Clinical Experience

  • Minimum of 3 months (paid or non-paid) PSG experience

  • Completion of STAR-designated self study program (Atlanta School’s Online Foundation of Sleep Technology or equivalent program)

  • Proof of completion of secondary education or equiv.

Pathway 2: CAAHEP/CoARC Student

Pathway 3: Focused Training

  • Completion of STAR-designated Focused education, or a combination of self study and Focused2 education:  A-STEP Part 1 and Atlanta School’s Online Foundation of Sleep Technology or equivalent STAR-designated program

  • Proof of completion of secondary education or equiv.

All CPSGT pathways require Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) or equivalent for international students.